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Youth to begin HYPE project implementation

HYPE_transparentSix Youth Teams across the state will begin to implement their HYPE projects. Youth are completing the Think and Learn phases of the HYPE Project, a youth empowerment program that teaches youth how to tackle healthy eating and active living issues in their communities and how to become leaders in their communities. Youth teams in the Think and Learn phases are from Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Beaufort, Hampton, and Lee counties; and were recruited from schools, churches, and parks and recreation groups.

“The Think and Learn phases are when youth learn about policy, systems, and environmental changes and how to identify areas of improvement,” said Trimease K. Carter, youth coordinator at Eat Smart, Move More South Carolina. “The youth are currently taking pictures of their community in preparation for the Act Phase, in which they will do a PhotoVoice project and choose what their project will focus on.”

During the Think Phase, teams are encouraged to think beyond the individual to consider the impacts of community and environmental influences on health. While in the Learn Phase, youth learn about healthy eating and active living, what it means to be a champion for change, and how to plan a HYPE project.

“In the past, we’ve seen HYPE teams work on local park improvements, water consumption on school grounds, and even school playground improvement,” said Carter. “These kids have an eye for what’s needed in their communities and they’ve proven to be integral parts of their communities’ decision-making process. I’m looking forward to learning what the six current teams will choose to focus on.”

Check out photos from the Youth Teams in session and stay tuned to learn more about their future projects!